young, 3 mm
Berthella pellucida (Pease, 1860)
|Maximum size: 20 mm (Kay,
This is a translucent cream species finely reticulated with pale white
and with a variable amount of opaque white
spotting on the notum.
is a moderately rare nocturnal pleurobranchid found in protected to
exposed rocky habitats. It occurs in the low intertidal, in tide pools
and subtidally to depths of 9 m (30 ft). It lays a white
collar-shaped egg mass that hatches in about seven days in the
Big Island, Maui, Oahu, French Frigate Shoals and Midway: may be more widely distributed in the Indo-Pacific?
This species was first reported from Hawaii in Pease,
1860. In many sources, it's listed as Berthella stellata but that name was restricted to Eastern Atlantic populations by Ghanimi, et. al. (2020). Berthella pellucida was resurrected for the Hawaiian population.
Photo: CP: 7
mm: Hekili Point, Maui; Nov. 23, 2006.
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